Friday, November 21, 2008

funked up friday

i was going to go for a flashback-friday-type-thang today, but then i was alerted about this particular slice of awesomeness:

*looks around silent office full of closed doors*
maybe i can get an internship at Atlantic...?

Thursday, November 20, 2008

the justice myth ctd...

this has been such a violation from day one...we all knew that eventually things would start to unravel and the truth would come out. provisional liberty is far from enough.

this never should've happened in the first place.

this was and remains a flagrant abuse and misuse of the international judicial system and we should remain defiant until that is recognized.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

the justice myth

International Justice a Myth
The New Times (Kigali)
18 November 2008
Posted to the web 18 November 2008 Kigali

It's now over a week since the Director of State Protocol, Rose Kabuye was arrested and detained in Germany. And in all this time, just a handful of countries have condemned this terrible act and abuse of Rwandans.

While Barack Obama was making history as the first African American President, the Europeans were thinking of a petty version of their own; arresting a government official entitled to full diplomatic immunity.

Probably, a first in history, too.

One might be tempted to forgive France, given its terrible history as far as foreign relations, especially with African states, are concerned. However, it's harder to fathom Germany, which has a holocaust in its history and the rest of the so called Developed countries that are just watching as such grave injustice takes place.

Renowned scholar and historian, Professor Ali Mazrui, once said of France, as always attempting to create other 'Frances' in the countries it occupies.
That the French will have no problem with anyone or any country as long as French mannerisms are adopted. A deviation in these mannerisms is faced with unimaginable brutality.

Algeria and Rwanda have once suffered France's brutality. The French attempted to totally destroy their 'little France' in Algeria as they fled the country in its fight for independence.

The 1994 Tutsi Genocide is another horrible testimony of the lengths France will go to to mete its revenge. It's actually very brave of Djibouti to consider taking up English as another of its official languages. France must be seething.

All this time, the developed nations and 'super powers' kept at arms' length; preferring not to meddle in France's affairs. One then is forced to wonder about this reality of International Justice and like President Paul Kagame, one believe it's a myth.

The only way this myth will be undone is by all nations that believe in International Justice speaking and acting strongly against what Germany and France have done; arresting a diplomat, liberator, mother and innocent woman, Rose Kabuye.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

soul food: k'naan ABC's

i have yet to re-master the art of multitasking. this is evident in the fact that i've seriously been slackin' on my bloggin'. in attempt to grow re-accustomed to posting on the regular, i am going to try to put up a 'soul food' and/or 'food for thought' post at least once a day. and sometimes it's just going to be a random Song o' the Day (SOTD): whatever is stuck on heavy rotation in my dome.
today is a double feature: nourishment for both mind and soul:

artist: the genius K'naan
album: Troubador (January 2009)


Thursday, November 13, 2008

negrita *hearts*...

i *heart* the concept and the fire behind this project. africa from a different perspective.

Pop'Africana is a bi-annual magazine.

It is printed in a medium format and highly visually driven.

A new visually captivating project that has just been launched by a few creatives. Founded and visually directed by Oroma Elewa, Pop'Africana is a collaborative effort which aims to re-introduce and re-define all aspects of "Art Africano" . Not only will the magazine aim to re-educate the globe on African ideas of style and individualism it also aims to serve as a robust, visual guide for understanding the "Africano pshyce" from an all inclusive perspective. Pop'Africana sets the standard for iconic style and individualism.



open letter to france

dear france
cc: germany, europe

two years ago, you made it quite clear that you regard our sovereignty as trivial.
this past week, you've once again affirmed how you continue to view us.
and, um...we're not putting up with it anymore.

in the immortal words of bob marley:

if you are the big tree,
we have a small axe
ready to cut you down, (well sharp)
sharpened to cut you down.

co-signed: africa

i'm counting completely on this case setting the precedent of international law actually prevailing over petty politics.


Monday, November 10, 2008

mama africa

it was reported today that Miriam Makeba--jazz legend, activist, political exile, voice of multiple generations--passed away yesterday. she was still on tour, still performing, still spreading love and heart and soul and message. and it's beautiful that she passed doing what she loved and continuing to inspire so many.

you will be truly missed, Mama Africa.